Why You Need to Start Listening to Podcasts in Your 20’s & Best Podcasts to Listen to in 2020

Nowadays, we consume Gigabytes of content in a matter of seconds, our lives are going at such a fast rate that it prevents us from enjoying the comfortable and wholesome routine of grabbing a book, curling up at your reading chair, and getting lost with the papers while brain cells are getting activated and lighting up.

If you are a millennial or an older Gen Z, you probably tried, as children highly influenced by their parents and the previous generations do, to engage in the book reading activity and join the club. You probably were distracted by your phone, social media, or the constant flow of information from your Twitter account or your News app. Don’t worry, we got you!

The only other option that can give you the same magical experience of reading a book is listening to a Podcast (Works better if you already have an internal dialogue. Yes, some people don’t, but that’s another story for another day!)

Podcasts are a very reliable, fast way to provide you with all the knowledge you need while keeping up with your crazy hectic schedule. The way podcasters discuss different topics, inform, tell stories, and open up the conversation for debate and interchanging ideas with different guests can be very insightful and better (in a way) than reading a static, non-interactive book.

If you are in your 20’s, or early 30’s. You probably want to learn more about yourself, you probably want to learn more about other people and the world, you probably long to be more open, “Woke” and accepting. That’s why, it is your prime time to start listening to podcasts, to stay focused, educated, and to keep an open mind towards “The Everything”.

And believe me, there’s a podcast for every occasion! Especially during these challenging times, we are facing due to the Covid19 pandemic.

Whether you’re quarantined, curfewed, or living a normal life, here’s a list of podcasts we compiled for you to listen to on every occasion (while staying safe!)

  • Listen to Me to Feel Motivated

When you are studying, working, and you would like to listen to a podcast that gives you a push of motivation and keeps you focused, empowered, and organized, the following podcasts are for you:

  1. The Knowledge Project

“The Knowledge Project” is a podcast that explores the timeless ideas of how to better understand yourself, others, and the world around you. Together with host Shane Parrish, you’ll uncover the mental models, stories, and lessons that help you master the best of what other people already know. This podcast is for anyone looking to optimize their self-development, and empower those around them.

  1. Beyond The To-Do List

If you find yourself overwhelmed by your to-do list and all your obligations between work and home, This is for you. Host Erik Fisher talks with real people that cracked the code to a better work-life balance by implementing practical productivity strategies. The guests will definitely teach you the small changes you can do to stop procrastinating and maximize your efficiency.

  • It Is Women Empowerment Time

If you are a “Strong Independent” women thriving and looking forward to hearing from other powerful women to motivate you and keep you on track, these are for you:

  1. Women of Impact

This show features strong women who have overcome incredible hardship to achieve massive success. Hosted by Lisa Bilyeu, co-founder of the billion-dollar company “Quest Nutrition” and President of Impact Theory, the podcast’s main goal is to empower all women to recognize that they really can become the heroes of their own lives.

  1. The Purpose Girl Podcast

This podcast is a rare gem that we found while browsing randomly through the lists of best women empowerment podcasts. It is really different: it is exclusively for women to find their purpose and live a fulfilling life. Carin Rockind will help you discover your true self, overcome obstacles, and rise to become the bold beautiful woman you were born to be.

  • Fun & Laughs Only

If you are on a road trip, spending times with friends or family (safely) and you would like to listen to something comedic and funny, this is your go-to:

  1. Best Friends

If you would like to listen to two best friends chat about anything and everything and feel like part of the circle, Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata will be your besties. They discuss their friendship, tease each other, and talk about the most ridiculous as well as real-life topics. Give it a try.

  1. How Did This Get Made?

Some movies are so bad, they're great. That’s the description of the podcast. If you love making fun and jokes about bad films and why you should NEVER watch them, you'll also get hooked on this podcast from comedians Jason Mantzoukas, Paul Scheer, and June Diane Raphael. Note: You don't have to watch the movie to enjoy each episode.

  • Teach Me About The World

This list is mainly for educational purposes, to learn more about anything from News, Health, commentary, History/Murder mysteries:

  1. History That Doesn't Suck

This is a very well researched and in-depth podcast on American history told through entertaining stories. No fake news alert!

  1. The Daily

This is a News Podcast from The New York Times. It would only take 20-30 minutes out of your time daily to catch up on the news and get an idea of what is happening in the world.

  1. Stuff You Should Know

This podcast is exactly what it sounds like. Discussing light-hearted topics, heavy topics. From health to economy to basic day-to-day adult skills, it has it all!

  1. Forensic Files

We’ve all loved it, we’ve all binged watched it. Brought from the popular American Murder TV show, it is the best podcast for you murder mystery lovers out there. Wanna solve a crime? Listen and stay alert!

  • Lets Major in Social Media!

If you are a social media enthusiast and you would like to learn more about analytics, engagement, and social media platforms algorithms. In need of growing your account or just trying to understand the behavior of users. These podcasts will come in handy!

  1. Why’d You Push That Button

It’s true that this podcast has not been as active as you’d want it to be but the content is very interesting. It’s on how the tech decisions you take every day can affect your social life. It’s worth a binge!

  1. Savvy Social Podcast

This podcast is a knowledge base for every passionate entrepreneur or a business owner trying to use the best out of social media to grow their brand. With Andrea Jones and her guests, get your pen ready, and take notes!

  • The Zeez … z..z..z...

Been tired and sleepless? Need something to relax your mind and put you to sleep gently, the following podcasts are what you need for a calm baby sleep:

  1. Sleep with Me

This show is boring, super-duper boring that it actually puts you to sleep! Isn’t that the point? Drew Ackerman, aka Dearest Scooter, aka Scoots, the host will go on and on, and off on tangents and go from one subject to another and from one story to the next. He gets easily distracted and will over-explain simple things until you fall asleep. What does he discuss? I couldn’t honestly tell you! I pass out after min 5!

  1. Sleep Whispers

If you are a fan of ASMP, whispers, and sleep triggers, this one for you! The gentle sleeping whispers and bedtime stories that Harris focuses on will get you in a calm state and ready to fall into a deep sleep. I would definitely recommend it for people that have a lot on their minds and are just trying to relax or for a facial or massage session.

Annnnnd that’s a wrap! That’s the list of our favorite podcasts to listen to (or let’s be real: BINGE) at the end of 2020. Have anything else in mind that we didn’t already mention? DM us on our social media that you can find below and let us know what are your favorite podcasts of 2020 and why!

This post was authored by our wonderful interns who joined us on November 1, 2020 to learn from and help Podcast Inc grow. The author of this article is Hiba Hamdi from Tunisia.